Check out this 2017 Heritage National League 2016 Strikeout Leaders card featuring Max Scherzer, Madison Bumgarner, and Arizona Diamondback Robbie Ray.
Turning the card over you can see that Ray is the 5th name on the list. Scherzer led the N.L. with 284 strikeouts. Jose Fernandez came in second with 253 k's, but Topps choose not to feature him. Not sure it it was out of respect or because they didn't have the rights to do so. Next up is Mad Bum with 251. Then it list Noah Syndergaard at 218 followed by Robbie Ray at 218.
I wonder why Topps featured Ray over Syndergaard. I'm not complaining. I love that a D-Back is featured on a League Leader card, but I do find it interesting. Syndergaard is obviously a much bigger name and plays in New York.
This card was sent to me by Chris, from the blog The Collector, along with a few other D-Backs cards from 2017 Topps Heritage.
In fact, here's Robbie Ray's base card from the set which features a picture from a spring training photo shoot.
You can see they cropped this photo for the League Leader card.
Up next is another spring training shot of Chris Owings. Weird to think that the photos on the 2017 Heritage cards are from 2016 spring training.
I hope A.J. can remain healthy and get back to his All-Star form in 2017.
Chris sent over a few other Diamondbacks cards as well. The best card of the bunch is this 2010 Finest card of Brandon Webb. This card is my 298th different Brandon Webb card.
This 2013 Allen & Ginter card of Boston Red Sox and Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr came back in about a month and a half.
Doerr was born April 7, 1918. He will turn 99 years old next month and is currently the oldest living Major League baseball player.
I also got a two card return from Bill Virdon. Virdon was the 1955 Rookie of the Year winner with the St. Louis Cardinals and won a World Series as a member of the 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates. He also managed 4 different clubs over a 13 year period (1972 - 1984), twice winning Manager of the Year.
I didn't realize it until writing this post, but the two cards I sent are from his first year as a manager and his last.
In a recent post I mentioned that I picked up a 1998 Topps Diamondbacks Inaugural partial set at my local card shop for $10. After going through the cards, there were three cards that I needed.
After a bit of researching I decided ebay was my best option and I found the three cards I needed all from the same seller and at decent prices. They were all Buy-It-Now, so I made the purchases on a Saturday and just a couple days later, Monday, the cards arrived in my mailbox.
I found it interesting that the three cards that I needed were all horizontal cards. Other than that I couldn't find any other similarities or determine why they would have been missing.
I don't know if you can tell, but the stamp on the Willie Greene card is from the Devil Rays Inaugural set.
I contacted the seller and they apologized and sent me the correct card a few days later.